While you install carpet and pad on wood floors, concrete floors require special treatment before you lay your carpet padding. This can help prevent the formation of mildew from moisture that collects on the concrete surface. If you plan to install carpet and padding on your concrete basement floor, follow the 4 steps below.
Step 1 – Clean and Rinse your Floor
Remove all debris from the floor. Sweep it with a bristle broom, and then vacuum and mop the floor with a solution of detergent and water. When finished, thoroughly rinse the floor with clean water. Allow the floor to completely dry.
Step 2 – Seal the Floor
Apply a commercial concrete floor sealer with a roller and allow it to dry. Do your research before buying the concrete sealer to see how long different kinds take to dry. Many concrete sealers take less than 4 hours to dry, but some take as long as 48 hours. Knowing this dry time beforehand is vital if you want to finish this DIY task on schedule.
Step 3 – Install Carpet Grippers
Place carpet gripper strip parallel with the wall and leave a ½-inch space between the strip and the wall. Secure the strips with epoxy adhesive.
Step 4 – Lay Out the Padding
Lay the padding on the floor, pull it up to the grippers and staple it to the gripper strip. Make sure to align the padding carefully as you lay it down, and check that it's still in place as you go along.